If you are an adult (over 18, in the US) and not under guardianship due to disability, it is illegal for them to open your mail. If you are in the US and under 18, yes they can. You are not entitled to receive mail not approved by and unknown to your legal guardians.
What do I do if my parents keep opening my mail?
You can report them to the Postmaster, it is illegal to open someone-else mail. A bit more effective would be to move out, and effective and less costly would be to get a P.O. Box. My parents have repeatedly opened my mail without my permission.
Is it illegal to open a family members mail?
Yes. It is a federal crime to open or destroy mail that is not intended for you. The law provides that you can not “destroy, hide, open, or embezzle” mail that is not addressed to you. If you intentionally open or destroy someone else’s mail, you are committing obstruction of correspondence, which is a felony.
Is it illegal to open your daughter’s mail?
The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. … However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime.
Can I open my 16 year olds mail?
And, according to the Office of the Postmaster General, the answer is you do have a right to open your minor child’s mail – if it comes to your address. While opening someone elses mail or entering their mailbox is a felony, this does not apply to the minor child living at the same address.
How do I sue someone for opening my mail?
If you are stating that the USPS is opening your mail, you need to file a complaint with the USPS. The best way is USPS.com. Also if it’s someone in your neighborhood or building that is opening your mail, then you need to TALK TO THE POLICE first about how to approach this.
Can I open a letter addressed to my house?
A: People sometimes receive mail through their letterbox that is meant for someone else. … Opening someone else’s mail is allowed in certain circumstances under the Postal Services Act 2000. It is only an offence if you open someone else’s mail ‘without reasonable excuse’ or if you ‘intend to act to another’s detriment’.
Is throwing out mail illegal in Canada?
It is only illegal to throw away first class, presorted first class, priority, and properly endorsed mail (ex. Forwarding address requested, return service requested, etc.). It is only illegal to throw away first class, presorted first class, priority, and properly endorsed mail (ex.